Huntsville / Walker County Texas Criminal Lawyer James Sullivan Fights for his Clients

IMG_2923bHuntsville, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer

Walker County Criminal Trial Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights, Freedom and Future

James (Jim) Sullivan is an experienced Huntsville Criminal Defense Attorney. For over 20 years, Sullivan has successfully fought the government in Jury Trials on behalf of clients in criminal and juvenile courts.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan is also Board Certified in Juvenile Law and recognized statewide as a juvenile law expert. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Defending Your Freedom

James Sullivan chose to become a criminal lawyer.  It was not by accident.  Fighting the government and defending people come natural to him—he was born into a diverse, dynamic family of conservative Baptists and liberal social activists.  Unlike many colleagues who practice criminal law, Sullivan has never prosecuted anyone and never will.  That is not him.  His entire career is devoted to defending people accused of crimes and delinquencies.

Proven Results

James Sullivan gets results.  Since 1994, Sullivan has defended more than 3,000 people charged with every kind of criminal and juvenile case, including murder, aggravated robbery, drug cases, sex offenses, domestic assault and DWI.


James Sullivan practices criminal law with a simple philosophy.  If a client says he is not guilty, and if the prosecutor will not dismiss the charge, then Sullivan advises his client that they should fight the case at a jury trial.  Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan does not try to convince an innocent person to plead guilty.  Instead, Sullivan fights for his clients’ freedom and reputation.

Affordable Legal Services

James Sullivan offers a full range of affordable legal services in his criminal and juvenile defense law practice.  Unlike many other attorneys, Sullivan charges separate fees on trial and non-trial cases.

Cares About His Clients

James Sullivan cares about his adult and juvenile clients and is concerned about their future.  He frequently counsels with clients at his office for hours at a time. He listens to their concerns, answers all of their questions and discusses legal strategies. He also explains how a criminal conviction could affect them and how to get on the right path for a successful life. Because Sullivan understands that people need to honor work and family commitments, he offers evening, weekend and same day appointments along with free parking.


James Sullivan has a good reputation in the legal community.  Sullivan is humbled by fine lawyers who endorse him on AVVO. He is also very grateful for clients who write testimonials on his behalf.  Most of his business comes from referrals from past clients and other lawyers, although it is not necessary to have a referral for him to defend you.  Anyone can call James Sullivan to represent them.

The law practice of James Sullivan is devoted solely to criminal and juvenile defense.  Sullivan has tried many cases in the Harris county criminal and juvenile courthouses.  Approximately half of his cases involve criminal charges while the other half involves juvenile charges.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a crime or delinquency, call Huntsville criminal defense attorney James Sullivan to discuss your case.

James Sullivan generally tries to answer his own phone so that you can speak to an attorney directly. He wants to hear from you and to help you. Call him right now. Don’t go to court alone. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your case, call 281-546-6428 for a confidential consultation.

Grand Jury Defense

If you are charged with a felony offense, James Sullivan may be able to get your case no billed (dismissed) by the grand jury, but you need to hire him before or soon after your first court setting.  If your felony case is dismissed by the grand jury, you have the immediate right to get your criminal record expunged.  Many of Sullivan’s clients have been able to do this within a few months of being arrested.

Board Certified in Juvenile Law

Huntsville, Texas Juvenile Attorney James Sullivan is Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Juvenile law is different than criminal law. Note: Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice.

As an attorney myself, when concerns arose over an incident involving my son, I knew the extreme importance of finding an attorney who is Board Certified in juvenile law. Board Certified lawyers are highly specialized – enough that the State recognizes them for their expertise. My search led me to Jim Sullivan and I cannot thank him enough. He is extremely well-versed in this highly specialized area of law, kind, compassionate and non-judgmental. He spent a great deal of time understanding the incident involving my son and providing us guidance. Thankfully, it appears that this will turn out to only be a “learning opportunity” for my son but, I have Jim’s number in my phone and will call him immediately if the need arises. ~Concerned Mom (Yahoo Directory Review).


James Sullivan is fluent in Spanish and English, having studied Journalism, Latin American and Asian Studies at Baylor University, a nationally ranked Christian school.  He graduated with honors in 1990. He then lived in Mexico City and traveled throughout Mexico prior to entering law school. In 1993, he graduated from South Texas College of Law. He and his wife Araceli have been married over 20 years and have two children. They worship at a local Catholic Church. James Sullivan is also an Eagle Scout.


Associate Attorney Nancy Botts has been licensed since 1988 and obtained her law degree from the University of Houston. She concentrates on criminal law and family law and handles all kinds of cases in these areas. As a criminal defense attorney, Nancy Botts’ main interest is in the areas of search and seizure law and drug defense. She has good results in drug defense cases. Other Houston criminal lawyers have consulted her for years about these subjects. She aggressively defends all felony and misdemeanor drug possession and drug delivery cases. She has successfully fought possession and delivery of controlled substance cases for amounts ranging from less than one gram to several kilograms. She has also represented numerous people on child sex abuse cases.


Arson, Assault, Bank Burglary, Computer Crime, Cruelty to Animals, Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Drug Defense, Drug Possession, Drug Delivery, Evading, Felony, Fraud, Indecency iwth a Child, Insurance Fraud, Harassment, Homicide, Manslaughter, Misdemeanor, Online Solicitation of a Minor, Prostitution, Probation Violation, Record Sealing, Record Expungement, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault of a Child, Shoplifting, Theft, White Collar Crime, and all Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Certification, Juvenile Record Sealing and Juvenile Sex Offenses.



Donald L. Kraemer, Judge

12th Judicial District

1100 University Ave., Room 202

Huntsville, TX 77340

Tel: 936-436-4915

Fax: 936-435-8025

Standley, Carroll         Court Administrator   Tel: 936-436-4915       Fax: 936-435-8025

Mills, Jackie    Official Reporter         Tel: 936-436-4915       Fax: 935-435-8025

Judge Donald Kraemer of the 12th Judicial District presides over civil and felony criminal matters in Walker, Grimes Leon and Madison Counties.

Kenneth H. Keeling, Judge

278th Judicial District

1100 University Ave., Room 303

Huntsville, TX 77340

Tel: 936-436-4916

Fax: 936-436-4917

Murray, Loretta           Court Administrator   Tel: 936-436-4916       Fax: 936-436-4917

Robertson, Casey        Coordinator, Leon & Madison Cos.   Tel: 936-436-4639       Fax: 936-436-4917

West, Johnny Official Reporter for 278th Judicial District Tel: 936-436-4679       Fax: 936-436-4917

Judge Kenneth H. Keeling of the 278th Judicial District presides over civil and felony criminal matters in Walker, Leon and Madison Counties.

County Court at Law

1100 University Ave., Ste. 102

Huntsville, TX 77320

Tel: 936-436-4919

Fax: 936-436-4920

Labay, Dolores            Court Administrator / Criminal Court Coordinator    Tel: 936-436-4695       Fax: 936-436-4920

Byers, Vicki    Civil Court Coordinator          936-436-4921 936-436-4920


This court has jurisdiction in civil cases in which the matter in controversy exceeds $500 but does not exceed $100,000, excluding interest, statutory or punitive damages and penalties and attorney fees and costs, as alleged on the face of the petition and appeals of final rulings and decisions of the division of workers’ compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance regarding workers’ compensation claims, regardless of the amount in controversy.

This court has concurrent with the county court, the probate jurisdiction provided by general law for county courts.

This court has concurrent jurisdiction with the district courts in family law cases and proceedings and cases and proceedings involving justiciable controversies and differences between spouses, between parents, or between parent and child or between any of these and third persons. This court is also the assigned court for hearing any matters relating to juvenile justice proceedings.

This court has exclusive jurisdiction for hearing all Class A and Class B misdemeanor charges.

This court has appellate jurisdiction for cases appealed from the municipal court or from the justices of the peace, in civil and criminal proceedings and appeals from a finding by an administrative judge as provided by law.

David Weeks, District Attorney

1036 11th St.

Huntsville, TX 77340

Tel: 936-435-2441

Fax: 936-435-2449

The Walker County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is one of the statutory prosecuting authorities in the State of Texas. The primary prosecuting officers are: The County Attorney which generally prosecutes misdemeanor crimes and advises the county on all civil matters; a District Attorney who prosecutes felonies only, and; a Criminal District Attorney which combines the offices of County and District Attorney. Walker County has a Criminal District Attorney with the responsibility of prosecuting all misdemeanors and felonies while advising and representing the county in civil matters. The authority of the Criminal District Attorney is extremely broad. Within his/her jurisdiction, in this case Walker County, the Criminal District Attorney has sole discretion as to whether or not a case is prosecuted. A prosecutor can dismiss a charge or refuse to accept a charge on his own volition and there is no appeal.

The District Attorney’s Office handles civil matters in addition to its criminal responsibilities. In Walker County the Criminal District Attorney’s Office advises the county on civil issues and represents the county in some civil matters. Some civil litigation is handled by private firms. The Criminal District Attorney handles all mental commitments, protective orders, extraditions, renders legal opinions to all elected officials in the county and reviews all contracts entered into by the county. This office also has the responsibility of representing the state in matters involving child abuse and neglect and all juvenile matters before the court.

The criminal responsibilities of the Criminal District Attorney’s Office are to prepare arrest warrants and search warrants; accept or reject all criminal cases Class “B” and above. This office prepares warrants and presents felony cases to the grand jury at its discretion. Class “C” misdemeanors, which are punishable by fine only, are the only criminal cases that are filed directly with the Justices of the Peace or the Municipal Court without the involvement of the District Attorney’s Office. Class “B” and Class “A” misdemeanors are filed by the District Attorney’s Office. It is the policy of the District Attorney’s Office that all arrest warrants will be prepared and issued through this office. Felony cases (state jail, 3rd, 2nd, 1st degree) and capital cases are all prosecuted by this office.

The Criminal District Attorney’s Office consists of the Criminal District Attorney, six assistants, three investigators, a victim/witness coordinator, and support staff. The county pays the salaries of all staff while the Criminal District Attorney is paid by the State. Expenses of the office are provided by monies collected on collection of hot checks by the Criminal District Attorney’s Office and forfeited funds.

The Criminal District Attorney’s Office provides a 24 hour on call system for law enforcement. This allows law enforcement to have access to legal advice at any time. Our office encourages such consultation regarding arrests, searches and the filing of appropriate charges to ensure that crimes may be prosecuted and punished. It is only through such cooperation that our legal system can function to serve and protect our community.

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